Right damn near embarrassing. If they get the car concept wrong in consecutive years, I'd say it's a matter of personnel at that point. Heads should start rolling maybe starting with Wolff. Their head engineer Elliot has not impressed since Allison kind of took a step back and he has had the reigns in making and developing the car.
Well, it looks like they are stuck with it at least for the weekend. They got rid of the bouncing and now it's all in tweaking the package that has consistently gotten faster as the weekend goes on. Next race they may have something new, or they may get this car to work better. Or they may suck. It's too early to tell.
Hamilton was only about 0.2 behind in P3, so it might be a bit early to start firing people. It's probably better to tell everyone "We're only 2/10 back, so pull your heads out and let's go."
I'm actually enjoying Mercedes struggle because Hamilton is like a slow starting boxer. He has to take a few to the chin before he wakes up and says "Damm, I'm in a fight!" That's when you see the best Hamilton ever, and I think that's what we are going to get this year. Personally, I admire the guy and hate to see him not competitive, but I do like seeing him work miracles.